On Sunday, I talked about how we often put our trust in people or objects that are not God. Just like when the Israelites would see God give them victory after victory then immediately turn back to their idols, so we see the Lord provide for us time after time then immediately turn back to trusting our intellect or our money or our skills or our experience. Eventually, God will say to us what He said to them, “You want to trust yourself or one of your idols? Go ahead. Just stop running back to me all panicked then when it all falls apart. I’m tired of this yo-yo commitment.”
This morning as I was reading the Psalms, I came across a passage that says much the same thing, but from a positive perspective. King David wrote:
Now I know that the LORD rescues his anointed king.
He will answer him from his holy heaven
and rescue him by his great power.
Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
but we boast in the name of the LORD our God.
Those nations will fall down and collapse,
but we will rise up and stand firm. (Psalm 20:6-8)
What are you struggling with today? Are you facing physical or financial problems? Are you lonely – either because there’s no one else around or because your marriage has become less a union than a convenient partnership? Have your children or grandchildren wandered from God? Are you discouraged with life, feeling no purpose or meaning? Do you feel distant from Jesus, like maybe that first love you had with God has deteriorated to an unsteady truce and you don’t know how to get it back to how it was?
Look at what David does with the last four lines of that passage. The poetic patterns are “nations-we-nations-we” and “action-action-result-result”. The nations trust in their own power (action), thus they will fall down and collapse (result). We trust in the name of the Lord our God (action), so we rise up and stand firm (result).
God is your Rescuer. He is there to fight your battle for you. I know from too much personal experience that in those nights when you can’t sleep because your brain won’t shut down, it’s usually because you’re trying to process, to scheme, to try to figure it all out on your own. You may have some fine looking horses up in your head and your chariots may be polished to a high gleam, but they can only take you so far before they fall apart. My encouragement to you is stop what you’re doing right now and take a moment to lay whatever battle you’re fighting before the Lord. Pray a prayer of surrender and of commitment to follow Him, then let Him give you the peace He promises in Philippians 4:6-7. It’s only when we recognize our powerlessness and His power that we can finally come to a point of joy and contentment no matter the struggle and no matter the battle.